Dispute Erupts Over the Limits of the Human Lifespan
Last fall, a new scientific paper made waves by declaring that the human lifespan has a fixed endpoint. It would be almost impossible, the researchers said, for humans to live much longer than 115 years.
The graphs led the authors to conclude that the maximum human lifespan has already been reached. They found that the MRAD continued to rise until 1990s, around the time of the death of Jeanne Calment, the world’s longest living person on record, who died at the age of 122. Since then, Vijg and colleagues argued, the MRAD has plateaued.